Chrissy and Dave wanted their wedding to be a place where their families could meet and really get to know each other. With the bride growing up in Brighton and the groom in Liverpool, they’d never had the opportunity to meet before so the wedding was planned to be like a mini family holiday for everyone.
They chose Folly Farm in Bristol as their venue. They loved it because not only could they stay there with 20 of their nearest and dearest all weekend (plus space for campers!) but they could decorate it exactly as they wished.
“Dave’s family hold annual holidays where we all stay in an Airbnb and its really informal, fun, relaxed and special”, began the bride. “When we found Folly Farm it meant we could have everyone for two nights, everyone had to travel so it meant they would have the time to relax, enjoy and get to know the family they are now part of.”
This was a real DIY wedding with everyone pitching in to help. Chrissy painted all the signs and their photographer (and friend) Adrian, made them a personalised canvas to act as a guestbook which he designed himself. They had shepard hooks holding glass jars that were decorated by the groom’s mum, candles and fairy lights to decorate the courtyard and hay bales for people to sit on during the picnic lunch. They purchased lots of picnic blankets and cushions from lots of different places (mostly in the sales and from charity shops).
Charlie and Mark had a pretty unconventional, NSFW engagement shoot (which is actually one of my favourites we’ve ever published!) so, unsurprisingly, their September wedding shunned tradition too. They decided that they wanted a bohemian inspiredday with elements of Peaky Blinders and Wes Anderson. They did lots of DIY projects to make their day feel really special and personal. In particular they arranged all the flowers and created all the paper goods (invites, table plan, order of the day etc).
The day started with a short and sweet ceremony at The Tithe Barn in Symondsbury. “We didn’t write our own vows and chose a very simple but beautiful set”, said Charlie. “My dad’s best friend walked me down the aisle as my dad has passed away. As we came up the aisle and stood next to Mark, Mark turned to me and said ‘You look beautiful’ to which my dad’s best friend replied, ‘Thank you!’ It was a good nerve-settler as we all had a good laugh.”
Maeg and Rob describe themselves as ‘non-traditional humans’, which I think is a lovely intro to their wedding, held on their own farm in Washington. Their total budget was $5000.
“We drew our inspiration from our farm and the years that we have spent here,” Maeg explains. “Instead of putting our money into a venue we’d only use for a couple of hours, we opted to put money back into the property where we’ll spend the rest of our lives.”
It was a truly personal affair, with only 45 guests. Their close friend became ordained just so he could be the officiant, and Maeg’s nine-year-old son escorted her down the aisle. One of her dogs also ended up walking her down the aisle too! “Our matted old rescue farm dog wouldn’t leave my side all day. We have four dogs and planned to contain them during the event, but this little guy lost his shit when we tried to put him inside so he ended up in our photos and escorting me for the evening!”